First of all, I have to admit that I was pretty touched by the many sincere and concerned comments after this initial post about how unhappy I was in my current job and how difficult I found quitting it. I never knew there were this many “silent” readers of this humble blog and many came out to provide encouragement.
Thank you so much for the many useful advice!
And for those of you who have been waiting the past few weeks for updates on my employment status, here it is:
I have quit my job.
It was a whirlwind at my workplace the moment I tendered my resignation. My immediate supervisors were pretty surprised/shocked and apparently, they hadn’t seen it coming. There was a bit of disappointment and sadness but thankfully not as much as I had initially feared.
I had also decided that honesty was the best policy and told them I was quitting without having anything else lined up. That didn’t turn out too well as this was what most people had presumed:
He can’t really be quitting without a job! There’s a good chance he might retract his resignation if we can give him something “better”. Yes, that’s it! He’s just waiting for HR and higher management to make him an offer.
Chat sessions became the norm over the next couple of days as many sought to persuade, entice and reason with me in a bid to retract my resignation. I admit to being swayed by some of the offers. Even though I ultimately rejected all of them, I am genuinely grateful that I was regarded as a valued employee in this organisation.
On hindsight, I guess it could have been easier for all of us if I told them I was leaving due to an IRRESISTIBLE offer from Goldman Sachs. 😉
Things slowly settled down over the next couple of weeks and people came to accept my decision to leave the organisation. In the end, I didn’t even use a single day of leave to shorten my notice period. Kudos to my bosses for maintaining a positive working relationship with me so much so that I didn’t even mind delaying my last day to complete my outstanding projects.
All in all, it turned out that my initial fear of quitting this job was nothing short of absurd. Seriously.
I still have a couple of days to go before I gain back the freedom that was available to me 3 years ago. Objectively, this is a pretty good organisation to work for. The workload’s actually pretty manageable and apparently, I can do a really good job at it. 🙂
But too bad I don’t really enjoy working there. You can label me an irrational idealist but I really want to do something that more often than not, I can look forward to every morning when I get out of bed.
I admit I am taking a big risk, giving up a stable, higher than average paying job in the public service. But I guess an even BIGGER risk would be to settle for less and ending up like this:
The lyrics really resonated with me for the past year and this song has helped to give me much needed courage to make this big decision. 😛
Interestingly. the next few months will provide me with an opportunity to test out a semi-retirement lifestyle. I am looking forward to having all the weekdays to myself to pursue all my “personal” projects.
Hopefully by then, I would have landed something “more suitable” for me. Afterall, I ain’t mentally or financially ready for a full-fledged semi-retirement or even retirement.
I will definitely be writing more often as compared to the past few months. Stay tuned for updates!